CONCERT REPORT INSTRUCTIONS: As part of your course work,
one concert report is required of a Classical music concert you attend
during the course. Rock, Pop or Jazz concerts or concerts by high
school groups are not acceptable. Students are not allowed to write
about a concert in which they participate. College level and
professional organizations and performers are acceptable. The program
must be preapproved and it must be a concert that you know what the
pieces to be performed are ahead of time for research purposes. There
will be a Concert Report forum in Catalyst where you will need to tell
the class about the concert you are attending. Again this must be a live
performance that takes place during the current quarter. I had a student
turn in a report based on a concert viewed on YouTube. Very
unfortunate – please don’t even ask about doing a report on a recorded
or online concert performance. Do, however, use YouTube, Naxos and
other web recourses to research the pieces on your concert before
attending. You also might find it valuable to listen to your pieces as
you write your paper!
In your email describing the concert and asking for approval do not
include a link but instead summarize the information from the link.
In your email tell me name of the group or performer, the date and
most importantly what pieces will be performed. It is important
that you know what pieces are being performed ahead of time so
you can do some research and be prepared.
TYPES: A variety of concerts are possible i.e. SOLO RECITALS
(voice or instrumental), CHORAL GROUPS, ORCHESTRA,
CONCERT BANDS, CHAMBER MUSIC, EARLY MUSIC
GROUPS, CONTEMPORARY MUSIC GROUPS. Opera and Ballet
performances are not appropriate for the report unless you are able to
write 10 -15 pages of work. If in doubt consult with Mr. Tayerle.
THE BODY OF THE REPORTS MUST BE TYPED SINGLE
SPACE, 2 TO 3 FULL PAGES IN LENGTH, BUT NOT MORE
THAN 3 PAGES. 1500 – 2000 words minimum. YOU MUST
REPORT ON THE ENTIRE CONCERT. THE SIZE OF TYPE
(FONT) SHOULD BE NO SMALLER THAT 10 AND NO LARGER
THAN 12. NORMAL MARGIN WIDTH SHOULD BE USED ON
THE RIGHT AND LEFT SIDES OF THE PAGE. DESCRIBE EACH
PIECE AND EACH MOVEMENT.
On separate page that does not count toward the word or page count
paste a photo of your concert ticket and a photo of the stage after the
performance. Pictures are not allowed to be taken during most concerts
and please make sure your phone (and you) does not make noise during
FORMAT:1) For the Header of your report in the top left hand corner
of the page put the date of the concert and the name of the performing
group or artist. 2) In the center of the page list the composer and titles
of the pieces. Don't list individual movements. 3) In the right hand
corner of the page place your name. There will be a separate
assignment before the report is due to clarify this part of the
I. MUSICAL DESPRIPTION. This is a description of what you heard.
CHARACTERIZE the music : "happy," "dancelike," "restless," etc.
Use a separate paragraph for EACH piece. Avoid writing a "blow- byblow" account. What was the music like? Avoid creating little stories of
scenes that may have been suggested by the music, but describe the
II. SUBJECTIVE REACTION: This is your personal response to the
music. Use a SINGLE paragraph to describe this reaction. Reflect on
ALL the pieces you heard. You can express your likes and dislikes. DO
NOT WRITE a separate paragraph for each work.
III. THE PERFORMANCE: Write what you thought of the
performance as a whole. Were you impressed? Would you go hear the
same group or artist again? Was there a single aspect of the concert that
stood out in your memory?
YOU WILL BE GRADED ON: Appearance, grammar, spelling and
content. NOTE: The grading for this paper is not the same as for tests.
IT IS MUCH MORE STRICT.
Students must also have a CONCERT REPORT FORUM entry on
record before the concert. Your Concert Report grade will be lowered
one grade if not.
YOU WILL RECEIVE AN "F" IF:Your report is late.You do not
follow the format.Your report in any way incorporates someone else's
work Protect your work--don't share ideas! Your report is incomplete.
Please note: I personally would never submit an important piece of
writing such as this assignment without having my wife proof read and
help with grammar issues. There are incredible resources at De Anza
College to help you with your writing. I am also more than glad to help
you and advise you with this assignment as long as it is not requested
“last minute”. In the past there have been friends that take the class
together and go to the same concert and write the same report - badly.
While it’s rather outdated to say “don’t share ideas” - don’t do it
REMEMBER: YOUR COURSE GRADE WILL BE LOWERED ONE
LETTER GRADE IF YOU FAIL TO TURN IN A REPORT.
June 4th 2017
Los Angeles Philharmonic
Gustavo Dudamel, Conductor
Yuja Wang, Piano
Stravinsky Symphonies of Winds Instruments
Bartok Piano Concerto No. 3
My wife and I went to Los Angeles for the weekend to visit her family and 11 of us attended a
concert of the LA Philharmonic at Disney Symphony Hall. She has a large family! The concert
was conducted by music director Gustavo Dudamel and featured piano soloist Yuja Wang. The
concert program included Igor Stravinsky’s Symphonies of Wind Instruments, Bela Bartok,
Piano Concerto No. 3 and the Sinfonietta of Leos Janacek. It was a concert of 20th century
The first piece on the program was Igor Stravinsky's Symphonies of Wind Instruments. It was
just that, in that it featured exclusively the woodwind and brass sections of the orchestra. The
piece is scored for ……… The Symphonies of Wind Instruments, the title, refers not to any
musical form but to the original meaning of symphony, as a “sounding together” of instrumentsand it was described by its composer as “an austere ritual which is unfolded in terms of short
litanies between different groups of homogeneous instruments”. The work is short about 10
minutes in duration and was composed in 1920 but underwent revisions until 1947 ultimately
producing the final version heard at Sunday’s concert.
The second piece on the concert was Bela Bartok’s Piano Concerto No. 3, written in 1947.
Bartok composed the concerto while battling the final stages of leukemia. He completed the
work with the exception of orchestrating the last 17 bars. The piece is scored for …… The
concerto has the classic structure of a concerto, 3 movements. The solo piano starts the first
movement, allegretto, by playing an original Hungarian folk tune. Bartok was famous for
codifying traditional Hungarian Folk tunes and music. The second movement or adagio religioso
is a nocturno, or written in the Night music style Bartok was known for in his mature works. This
style features the sounds of the night mostly of birds and other animals. According to the
program notes the bird calls in the piece were transcribed from recordings of birds Bartok made
in North Carolina the year before. The nocturne itself, however, was a genre, from the Romantic
era. Recall Mozart's iconic Eine Kleine Nacht Muzik (A Little Night Music) from the classical era.
The third movement is in rondo form and pays tribute to Bach with fugal sections.
The piano soloist, Yuja Wang performed two encores with the encouragement of the
enthusiastic audience. Both were virtuosic pieces. The first was a movement from a Bartok
Piano Sonata, I think, but I’m not sure and the second piece was a fantasia based on themes
from Bizet’s opera, Carmen.
After the intermission the orchestra performed Janacek. The Sinfonietta is scored for a very
large orchestra……… the piece begins and ends with a brass fanfare featuring the brass
section. In addition to the musicians on stage there was a group off stage with 9 trumpets, 2
euphoniums and 2 bass trumpets. In the inner movements Janacek uses short repetitious cells,
much like Beethoven does in his 5th Symphony and 17th Piano Sonata that we studied in class.
Of the three main works on the program the Janacek was more in a Romantic Era style with
more traditional harmonies and rhythms but also had some modern textures and features of the
20th century. The Stravinsky did not have a steady beat or traditional harmonies even though
the piece was chordal and homophonic sounding. The Bartok was very modern sounding
without being dissident or rhythmically complex. Bartok had his own voice in the 20th Century.
Actually all three composers did.
I enjoyed the concert very much. I have never seen Gustavo Dudamel conduct live. He and
Yuja Wang are both young stars of today’s Classical Music world. This was also my first time
hearing a concert in the Walt Disney Concert Hall. I was very impressed with the venue. The
architecture is fascinating and beautiful on the outside and inside. There is a very modern
looking pipe organ at the back of the stage. The large 64 and 32 foot pipes stick out in a very
asymmetric, random way and to me it looks like a huge sea urchin. Our seats were very far up
and away from the stage but we heard everything clearly and the acoustic sounded good.
I was impressed with the performance of the Stravinsky, I know the piece well from performing it
and have heard many recordings of it. The wind and brass players of the LA Philharmonic did a
fine performance of this piece. The piece has choral sections and the balance and blend of the
ensemble was superb.
I have conducted the third piano concerto of Bartok, it is my favorite of his three concertos but it
is not a flashy, warhorse concerto you would like to hear a virtuosic star like Ms. Wang perform.
Nonetheless she showed depth of musicianship and very sensitive playing. She came on stage
dressed in 5 inch heels and a skin tight sleeveless mini-skirted dress with a bare back- a look
far from the traditional concert gown. The audience gave her a standing ovation and demanded
the two encores where she did show her stunning virtuosity. She performed the entire concert
and the two encores from memory.
I have loved the Janacek since I was a young kid and have not heard it in many years. I was
very moved by the power and grandeur of the opening and closing fanfares of the work and the
slavic beauty of the inner movements.
Overall I was very impressed with the concert. Gustavo Dudamel brought the very best out of
the group. He had great rapport with the soloist and encouraged a nuanced performance by the
Philharmonic. The LA Philharmonic is a very fine orchestra and an ensemble of quite talented
musicians with a world class music director.
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